Film Review: Molly’s Game – 2017 (9/10)

Mollys game

Director: Aaron Sorkin

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chrisk O’Dowd, Bill Camp.

Don’t break the law when you break the law … this was the lawyer advice to Molly Bloom when she wanted to ensure the business she is running is legal.

Molly’s Game is a brilliant film based on the personal memoire of Molly Bloom by the same name. It is about the 26 your old woman who ran the most exclusive, high stakes, underground poker game in New York city which was attended by Hollywood’s elite, business tycoons and other high-profile billionaires.


The film is fast pace and provides a close detailed picture of the private poker games world and those who are drown in to it. It is partly fascinating partly repulsive to see the amount of money that these people get to lose on this table in one night or even one hand.

It also tells the story of a young lady who had and still has so much guts and unstoppable ambition. This young lady has made it to the top and back like three or four times before she is even 30. The film doesn’t even show how the low-profile memoire made it to be a Hollywood movie that is beautifully written and directed by the great Aaron Sorkin and she is now a motivational speaker for entrepreneurial women even though she was a convicted felon!

The film is so brilliant, in my opinion one of the best films in 2017. This is largely due to the amazing scenario and direction which was shot in flashbacks through story telling by Molly portraited beautifully by Jessica Chastain. Actually, all cast including Idris Elba, Kevin Costner and Michael Cera were perfect fit for each role and together they presented a work of art.

One of my favorite sense in the film is the time she spends with her father (Kevin Costner) towards the end, where we see the vulnerability of both characters …. Really genius.

This film sadly didn’t take the attention it deserves. The screenplay was nominated to the Academy, Golden Globs and BAFTA and Jessica Chastain was nominated for the Golden Globs. It’s worth mentioning this is the first time Aaron Sorkin directs a film and with such result I am looking forward to more of the same.

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